Fennelly Receives Contract Extention

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State women's basketball head coach Bill Fennelly has received a contract extension that will keep the 2005 WBCA District 5 Coach of the Year in Ames until 2011.

Fennelly has led the Cyclones to eight postseason tournament appearances, including a 1999 NCAA Elite Eight berth, NCAA Sweet Sixteen games in 2000 and 2001 and the Final Four round of the 2004 WNIT. Fennelly's Cyclones captured the only league championships in program history, winning back-to-back Big 12 Conference Tournament championships in 2000 and 2001 and earning a share of the regular-season crown in 2000. The 2004-05 Cyclones posted the seventh 20-win season in Iowa State history and the sixth during the Fennelly era. The 17-year head coaching veteran has recorded 20 wins 12 times in his career. ISU was 23-7 in 2005, earning the Cyclones' eighth NCAA Tournament berth since Fennelly came to Ames for the 1995-96 season.

"Under Coach Fennelly's leadership, the Iowa State women's basketball program continues to excel both on and off the court," ISU athletics director Bruce Van De Velde said. "We are very proud of the accomplishments of Coach Fennelly, his staff and the women's basketball program over 10 years of unparalleled success."

Fennelly, the winningest coach in program history, owns a 215-97 (.689) record over his 10 seasons at Iowa State, including a remarkable 128-22 record (.853) in Hilton Coliseum. He has produced three Associated Press All-Americans (six times), 12 all-conference performers (28 times), four national academic All-Americans (five times) and had academic all-conference performers honored 53 times. Iowa State ranked among the top 11 nationally in attendance for the last seven seasons, while every Cyclone single-game attendance mark has been set during Fennelly's tenure.

"I appreciate the confidence that the administration has shown in me and our staff with this extension," Fennelly said. "I think it demonstrates their belief in how well we are representing Iowa State both on the court and in the classroom. This long-term commitment will allow us to continue to work toward making Cyclone women's basketball one of the most respected programs in the country."

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